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Tool-toting man fatally shot atop Garland store's roof

A man who reportedly toted a backpack filled with tools that could be used to steal copper was fatally shot early Thursday on the roof of a business in southeast Garland, police said.

The unidentified man was shot by the son of the man who owns the Bargain Town Variety and Furniture, 5701 Broadway Blvd., north of the road's intersection with Interstate 30, according to reports.

"At this time police do not intend to file charges on the owner's son," said Officer Joe Harn, police spokesman.

But he said the case will be referred to a Dallas County grand jury.

Police were summoned to the business at 1:20 a.m., Harn said.

"They found a man on the south side of the building holding a pistol and another man lying on the ground nearby," he said.

Paramedics soon determined that the man on the ground was dead, Harn said.

Harn said the son, age 25, told police that "they recently had been having copper thefts from the roof of the building and a decision was made to guard their building from the roof."

The son said he was on the roof when he saw the other man climb up, Harn said. The son confronted the man and shot him at least once in the torso, he said.

"The man then fled back off of the building," Harn said. The son followed and saw the man collapse to the ground.

"The dead man had a small backpack on his back with assorted tools inside that police believe could be used for stealing copper," Harn said.

The name of the man who died was not being released until his family had been notified, said a spokeswoman for the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

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